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NH-5 to be widened to six lanes

M. Venkateswara Rao

The stretch is from Vijayawada to Gundugolanu via Eluru


ORR will run over 46 km and increase the distance between Guntur and Eluru by eight km

The work which will cost Rs. 1,600 crore will take three years to complete


VIJAYAWADA: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) proposes to widen Chennai-Kolkata National Highway (NH-5) to six lanes in the stretch from Vijayawada to Gundugolanu via Eluru and use the opportunity to form outer ring road to Vijayawada in a bid to take the highway traffic away from city limits.

Another road bridge would be constructed across Krishna river upstream of Prakasam barrage joining Surayapalem and Gollapudi villages as part of the outer ring road. The NHAI Project Director, C.S.N. Murthi, said that they would begin work on the Rs. 1,600 crore project soon after getting clearance which is expected any moment. The work would be completed in three years.

The proposed outer ring road would take off from China Kakani, and run touching NRI hospital near Mangalagiri, Surayapalem, Gollapudi, Jakkampudi, Nunna and join the highway again at the medical college situated beyond Gannavaram. When the road is completed, heavy vehicles moving from Chennai to Kolkatta or Hyderabad or vehicles going from Hyderabad to Kolkatta can skirt Vijayawada city limits. The outer ring road would help join NH-5 with Vijayawada-Hyderabad highway (NH-9) at Gollapudi. A flyover would be constructed at Gollapudi to separate the traffic moving on the two highways. The outer ring road would run over 46 km and increases the distance between Guntur and Eluru by eight km. As part of widening NH-5 to six lanes, bypass roads would be provided to Gannavaram and Hanuman Junction, said Mr. Murthi. The NHAI has already taken up widening of the highway to six lanes between Vijayawada and Nellore.

Land acquisition

Asked about ham-handed widening of NH-9 to six lanes between Vijayawada and Nandigama, Mr. Murthi admitted that there were problems. The NHAI acquired land for widening the highway to six lanes. But Kanchikacharla and Paritala villages opposed taking the road away from them and feared that it would hamper their development.

In deference to their wishes, the NHAI laid only a two-lane bypass road and developed the existing two-lane road passing through the villages to highway standards. So vehicles coming from Hyderabad to Vijayawada are expected to use the road passing through the villages and only those moving from Vijayawada to Hyderabad are expected to use the bypass road leading to lot of confusion. Unaware of this arrangement, many vehicles coming from Hyderabad enter the bypass road leading to accidents, particularly at night.

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